Microbestiary is a non-profit science outreach website that encourages science learning, the awareness of microorganisms, and artistic creativity. We illustrate the charismatic world of microbes, and invite artistic response to this world. Microbestiary is supported by awards from the National Science Foundation.


Microbestiary is hosting a contest for scientific images to be featured on the website.


We are looking for an original scientific image, accompanied by a description, that depicts or represents a microorganism (bacterial, archaeal, viral, or protozoan); or its component structures; or its presence on, or contribution to, a landscape; or its interactions with other living or non-living things. The text should be scientifically accurate, brief enough to be suitable for website use (approximately 200-500 words), and accessible to a lay audience (readers/viewers of all ages, with various levels of scientific background).  The image must be accompanied by formal permission from the copyright holder to reproduce it on the Microbestiary site.


Submissions that feature the following are highly encouraged:


  1. Cells exhibiting complex intracellular membranes
  2. Relationships between membrane structure and function
  3. Contributions of lipids to membrane structure and function
  4. Effects of environmental parameters on membrane structure and function
  5. Sterol biology
  6. Exceptions to the “rules” governing cell biology


Submission and evaluation process:

Please send submissions or inquiries to: The contest is open to all students, staff and faculty, at the University of Wyoming or Wyoming community colleges, with the exception of members of the Ward or Basile research groups. The submission period ends May 4th, 2018. Submitters will receive a decision on use of their submissions from the Microbestiary administrators. In the case of submissions considered potentially suitable for use on the site, we will initiate a conversation to discuss this further. First place winner will receive $500, second place will win $250, third place will win $100, and there will be two honorable mention awards. Contributors of material accepted for the site will be asked for a brief note for the Contributor Profiles page.